It’s a Small World After All

We have not been to Disneyland in over two years.  The last time that any of us went to Disneyland was for our anniversary in 2008.  Not much has changed at Disneyland except for the price.  When we first bought our annual passes from Disneyland 7 years ago, it cost $99.  Now it costs $239.  Now I remember why we stopped going to Disneyland.

Well, now we have passes again.  And believe us, we are going to put them to good use, even if it means our kids are messed up from lack of sleep.  Last time we went to Disneyland, Caris wasn’t even born yet.  So it’ll be the first time at Disneyland for both Caris and Chloe.

Chloe’s in an Eeyore outfit.




Driving down the I-5 to get to Disneyland.  Since there’s no traffic now, we’re not in Orange County.


Caleb & Caris sitting in a single seat together.


Tram ride.


They are looking forward to Disneyland.


When we were going to Disneyland regularly years ago, Sunday was usually a good day to go.  Not too many people usually, and not many long lines for rides.  But for some reason, on this Sunday, everyone and their mom decided to go to Disneyland.  We first went to Autopia, but the wait for the ride was 55 minutes. What are all these people doing here?  We pick up the fastpass at Autopia for 7:05.

Caris & Chloe’s first ride will have to be It’s a Small World.  The wait is only 30 minutes.  Still too long for our kids, but manageable.


Here are some ducks just chilling on the grass. They remind me of my cats.















All Done!


We decided to let our kids run around in toon town for a bit.



We were able to eat dinner here and then attempted to go to Autopia once again with our fastpasses in hand before we headed home.  However, we were to be denied.  When we arrived at the entrance of Autopia, they told us they had shut down the ride and it was unknown how long it was going to be shut down.  We had been hyping this up for Caleb the whole time.  Caleb took it well.  I think we were more disappointed than he was.

So we decided to take the train next to Autopia and start to go home.  As we’re waiting at the train station, not more than 10 minutes pass, and Autopia reopens.  We see a flood of people going through the line.  I hate you, Disneyland.

At least we can go back to try to get on Autopia.  Caleb has his own pass too.


Jungle Cruise (Day 4)

Jungle Cruise

I like Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise.  It’s entertaining.  The guide is usually funny.  There is rarely a long line on that ride.  And you get to see a lot of fake animals.

We went on a jungle cruise ourselves this morning.  It was a little different than the Disney version.  However, I enjoyed this one just as much as Disneyland’s version if not more.  It was entertaining.  Our guide wasn’t as funny, but much more informative.  It was a much longer ride.  And we got to see a lot of real animals.

Let’s get this picture post going.  Here’s Chloe getting dressed in the morning.  She’s happy she got sleep.  And food.  And a clean diaper.  And is being played with.  How could life get any better?





We’re getting breakfast ready in the morning.  Notice the clock?  It’s 10:44am.  Still on California time.


Now we’re walking to the entrance of the resort.  Our departure time is 11:30am, but we showed up late.  The boat is getting ready now for a 12:30pm departure.


We found some bananas hanging off a tree next to our building.  Caris loves saying banana.  It’s her her favorite words.  Now if we could find that apple tree.




Caris checking out the view from our balcony.  It’s been 4 days, and it’s the first time we’ve been out on it.  And knowing us, probably our last.




Our upgraded car rental.


After that little delay, we’re on the boat!  We were promised crocodile sightings on this trip.  Don’t let us down!



Not only does Caris like taking off her clothes, she doesn’t like her shoes on either.


Carlos Santana’s house.  Not that I really care.  Our guide only mentioned it, so I figure I’d put it here.


“Crane!”  Caleb only likes this because it’s a crane.  The story is that rich people were trying to develop homes here, and they destroyed a lot of the vegetation in the area.  The government stopped them and ordered them to replace the vegetation in order to continue to develop the land.  The deemed it wasn’t worthwhile to build it any more left behind this crane as well.


Some type of bird.


Another bird.


An iguana.


An iguana walking.


Another bird.  This bird is special.  It’s the only one crocodiles don’t eat.  This bird cleans the crocodiles teeth.  You find this bird, you probably find a croc near by.


A local with his pet tiger.  This is Mexico. 


Our first crocodile sighting.



Caris is getting bored on this trip, as expected.  Only bottled water and mommy and daddy can entertain her at this point.  And we’re only 15 minutes into an 90 minute ride.


Another bird.


Another crocodile.


And another.


Let’s just say there were lots of crocodiles.


Here’s a dock to someone’s house that was broken by a crocodile.  In the last census, there were 5 male and 2 female crocodiles in these waters that were between 26 and 31 feet long, all which would be bigger than our boat and weighing over a ton.  The owner of this dock/house found the 31 foot crocodile sunbathing on top of the dock one day as he was trying to dock his boat.  He called his workers in the house to try to scare it away.  It only made the crocodile angry, and he started thrashing away, knocking out the legs of the dock.  The owner has since had trouble finding people to repair it.  My question was brave/stupid enough to build it in the first place.


Chloe’s nap time


How many crocs can we see today?  At least they’re getting bigger as the ride goes on.


We ran into the branches a few times trying to get close looks on the crocs and other things.  The branches and leaves and stuff fell into the boat.  Caris entertained herself playing with these things.


Bigger croc



I’m awake, Mommy.


But not for long.


We needed to make a trip to Walmart to buy some things.  I volunteered to take all the kids so Yvonne could study/sleep while I was gone.

Driving in Mexico is not so easy when you’ve never done so before.  There were talks about a Walmart being close by, but I could not find it on the internet or on any local maps.  Only talk.  There was stuff on the internet about The Mega, which is a superstore just like Super Walmart.  It’s only 15 minutes away, and I know the directions.  I’ll take the kids.  It shouldn’t be a problem.

For those of you who don’t know, the car isn’t always the greatest place for our kids.  Caleb likes the car. Caris can tolerate it.  Chloe absolutely, without a doubt, hates the car seat.  As soon as she goes in the seat, she starts crying her head off.  The crying alone will stress anyone out.  But now I’m driving in a new car, in Mexico, in the dark.  So many things can easily make this simple drive to the Mega into a difficult one.

So as I’m driving on the main highway, almost immediately as I get on it, I see the Walmart that everyone is talking about.  That is much closer than the Mega.  We’re almost there, Chloe.  No need to cry.  However, I miss the off-ramp to Walmart.  I’ll just make a simple u-turn and we’ll be there shortly.

Did you know that here in Mexico (at least in Puerto Vallarta) they don’t have left turn lanes on the highway even though they have stop lights? Well, I shouldn’t say that they don’t left turn lanes.  They do, but the left turn lanes are on the right side of the street.  I did not know this.  What really through me off is that when I passed Walmart, I notice the left turn lane was on the left on the opposite side.  The rest of the left turn lanes on this highway was on the right.  It took me a couple miles and 10/15 more minutes of stressful crying from Chloe before I could find a place to make an actual legal u-turn.

By that point of turning around, I had passed not only Walmart, but also the Mega.  I decided to go to Walmart anyways.  Here it is.


Happy Anniversary

OK, so I just read Chris’ post on closet dwelling.  That post came about from a conversation I had with him earlier.  I was the one wondering whether or not our closet in Louisville will be big/deep enough to hold a crib. 

There’s some background to this thinking.  Let me share.

For our anniversary, I took Chris (and Caleb) for a 1-night stay at Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland.  We had annual passes to Disneyland and they were about to expire, and we had decided to not renew them.  So, I thought this would be a perfect little anniversary gift.  Plus, they had just re-opened “It’s a Small World” in Disneyland.  I really did consider a suite, but it was a whole lot more money than I was willing to spend.  Sorry Chris.  So, we were in a regular hotel room (meaning we had no extra room for Caleb).  We went on a Sunday night.  We decided not to go early in the day since there’s church in the morning.  We didn’t want to miss service.  But we ended up not getting to the hotel until 4PM or so since some friends decided to take Chris out to a hotdog place in west LA for his birthday (which had been a week or so before this particular Sunday).  So, by the time we checked in, it was already getting late.  Chris makes a decision to keep Caleb up past his normal bedtime so that we can go to Disneyland and see It’s a Small World.  It’s busy there that day.  Some 1000+ member chorus was there with John Stamos narrating the Christmas story.  It’s a Small World is really busy.  We ended up not going on the ride.  Caleb didn’t do so well staying up late.  We missed dinner in order to try to get to the ride.  Big mistake.  By the time we got back to the hotel and got fussy, overtired Caleb down to sleep, most restaurants were closed.  Chris walks to the Rainforest Cafe to get us food at 10PM.  he gets back.  Oh where are we to eat?  Most normal people would eat in their hotel room, right?  Not us.  Not when we have our light sleeper son in the crib next to our dresser.  No way are we waking him up.  Now, we didn’t just forget that we had a light sleeper son.  We did try to plan this out.  There was this huge closet in the room.  But not huge enough.  We almost put Caleb in the closet, but we couldn’t since the crib didn’t fit.  So our boy is in our room.  No lights, no TV, no eating dinner in the room.  Argh.  So, what do we do with our Rainforest Cafe to-go anniversary dinner?  What any normal married couple would do…. We ate it sitting on the floor outside our hotel room.  Yup. 

The positive of all this is that Caleb slept until 7AM or so the next day without waking.  Yay.  And, the hotel staff actually surprised us by decorating our bed for our anniversary. 


I got all my incisors, better to eat my food with

Caleb officially has 8 teeth now. His bottom side incisors came in next. His top central incisor truly came in dead last out of all 8, but it’s here now.

It’s been a rough, fussy week for Caleb. He’s had it tough with these 6 teeth coming in… and having a cold/flu, constipation, etc… Please pray he starts sleeping well again. This mommy wants to enjoy sleep again.

Here’s a picture of my not-so-happy Caleb. Unfortunately, this has been his face of the week.

Caleb’s first carousel ride.

Caleb’s already pulling up. He started doing that before he was even crawling. Here’s a pic of him standing.


More pics to come.

Pop Goes the Weasel

It was another rainy day here in LA.  So what does any normal family do on a rainy day?  Stay indoors and relax?

Nope.  Not this normal family.  Knowing we’d get a yelling by our parents in the future, we chose to go to Disneyland!  We bought a rain cover for the stroller for Caleb.  We got our new umbrella.  We had Caleb bundled up.  So we went prepared.




We enrolled Caleb in this music class that we go to every Saturday.  So they gave us a CD that we can listen to; songs that they use in the class.  One of the songs is "Pop Goes the Weasel."  Now most of you, I would imagine, probably don’t remember the lyrics to this song.  In fact, you probably only know the "Pop goes the weasel" part like me and Yvonne.

So we started listening closely to the lyrics and honestly, they didn’t make any sense to us.  First we couldn’t really understand what they were saying since the lyrics didn’t quite make sense to us.  So we looked up the song on wikipedia (I know wikipedia is frowned upon in the academic community, but they have almost always provided thorough and accurate information).  Here are the lyrics on our CD:

All around the cobbler’s bench
The monkey chased the weasel;
The monkey thought ’twas all in fun,
Pop! goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle—
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Now after reading this…  we still don’t know what it means.  We know that fairy tales had all these meanings used for teaching.  Real fairy tales were used to teach the children about certain things.  So was there some hidden meaning we were suppose to get out of this children’s song?  Go to to check out the meaning.

I got six new videos at  You can subscribe to my channel to get all the updates to the videos.  Here’s one of him jumping.

We shall be getting our new camera soon.  Should be much better pictures and much better video.

Super Bowl

For the past maybe 15 or so years I have watched the Super Bowl live.  I remember cheering for the Bills against Dallas, and Michael Jackson playing in the halftime show.  Since then, I have not missed a single Super Bowl.  We’ve had some good parties, some good days watching with few others, and then there is the Super Bowl party ruined by someone who says they’re going to bring drinks, but then doesn’t show up leaving everyone thirsty or drinking water.

This year is going to be different.  Weekends are times I get to spend with my family.  And now that Caleb is around, I’ve chosen to spend that time with him instead of watching the Super Bowl.  So what are we planning to do this year?  We’re doing what the Super Bowl MVP is doing, going to Disneyland of course.

You have to love PVRs (e.g. Tivo) though.  After Caleb goes to bed, it’s time to watch the Super Bowl 3 hours delayed. So I don’t want to get any phone calls, or text messages or any contact from you people who have watched the Super Bowl already.  I’m going to watch it straight through, commercials and all, after my boy is asleep.  And then I can cheer quietly as the Giants beat the Patriots.